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NVIDIA's Tegra K1 & Linux Gaming Were Popular In May

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Published on 31 May 2014 04:00 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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With May coming to an end, here's a recap of the most popular content on Phoronix over the past month.

Published this month on May were 24 featured-length articles and 290 news stories written by your's truly as it continues to be the mission of Phoronix to deliver Linux hardware reviews, particularly around enthusiast and gaming products, and to be the leading source for Linux performance information and upstream kernel/graphics developments.

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Next week marks the ten-year birthday of Phoronix.com so there's a lot of interesting tests coming up for June, but for the most popular May articles they were:

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
For those curious about the performance advantages of using 64-bit Ubuntu Linux over 32-bit Ubuntu on a modern Intel laptop, here are 32-bit vs. 64-bit benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the ASUS Zenbook Prime.

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Compared To AMD AM1 APUs
This weekend when publishing preview benchmarks of NVIDIA's Tegra K1 from the Jetson TK1 development board, there were numerous requests by Phoronix readers to see this high-end ARM SoC pitted against the new AMD AM1 APUs. In this article are some benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on all of the AM1 Athlon and Sempron APUs compared to the Tegra K1 Cortex-A15 SoC.

Preview: NVIDIA Tegra K1 Compared To Various x86, ARM Linux Systems
Since receiving the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 ARM development board a few days ago that features the new Tegra K1 SoC I've been busy running a ton of benchmarks from this quad-core Cortex-A15 platform running Ubuntu Linux. Here's the first of some interesting numbers compared to other Intel x86 and ARM platforms.

EXT4 vs. XFS vs. Btrfs HDD Benchmarks On Linux 3.15
After earlier in the week delivering solid-state drive file-system benchmarks in comparing the Linux 3.15 FS performance to Linux 3.14 stable, now it's time to do a Linux 3.14 vs. 3.14 file-system performance comparison with a traditional hard drive. The file-systems being benchmarked here are EXT4, XFS, and Btrfs.

6-Way Desktop Comparison On Linux Mint 17
There's been many requests to run some new OpenGL and 2D performance benchmarks under different Linux desktop environments. With the imminent release of Linux Mint 17 and it shipping the latest version of the increasingly-popular Cinnamon Desktop Environment, here's a six-way desktop performance comparison using Intel graphics on Linux Mint 17.

Linux 3.15 SSD File-System Benchmarks
Now that kernel development activity is settling down for the Linux 3.15 kernel, here are some benchmarks of the EXT4, XFS, F2FS, and Btrfs file-systems compared to the stable Linux 3.14 kernel performance.

ACPI CPUfreq vs. Intel P-State Scaling With Linux 3.15
For this weekend's Linux benchmarks we are looking at the performance of the Intel P-State and ACPI cpufreq drivers and comparing their scaling governor options when testing from an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition system running with the Linux 3.15 development kernel.

High-End NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Linux Gaming Comparison
After last week carrying out separate NVIDIA Windows vs. Linux OpenGL benchmarks and similar AMD Radeon Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 tests, today we are pitting the GeForce and Radeon graphics cards against each other on Ubuntu Linux with the very latest drivers to see how their performance compares now head-on. With this testing we have some Steam games plus are also monitoring the power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and GPU thermal metrics.

Meanwhile, the most popular May 2014 news stories on Phoronix were:

A Developer's Perspective On Porting Games To Linux
Leszek Godlewski, the former developer at The Farm 51 who has ported games like Painkiller Hell and Damnation and Deadfall Adventures to Linux / SteamOS, has given another presentation on porting games to Linux.

The Quality Of The Witcher 2 Linux Port Is Upsetting Many Gamers
Yesterday marked the release of The Witcher 2 Officially Released For Linux for Linux gamers. This is the first time The Witcher is coming to Linux, but sadly the quality of the port leaves a lot to be desired.

Valve-Sponsored Mesa Work Makes Games Load A Lot Faster
Improvements to Mesa done by LunarG and sponsored by Valve in a new open-source patch-set means that popular Linux games should take significantly less time to load -- including titles like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -- by speeding up the shader compilation process.

Clive: A New Operating System Written In The Go Language
For the fans of Bell Labs' Plan 9 operating system, there's a new open-source operating system inspired by it and Nix. This new operating system, Clive, is quite interesting at least from a technical perspective.

The Many Problems With OpenGL
Rich Geldreich of Valve has written a opinion piece on the gripes he has with OpenGL.

Wayland 1.5 Appears To Be In Great Shape
The 1.5 release of Wayland and the Weston compositor is imminent and this release appears to be particularly good.

I Lost Interest With Intel's New, Fan-Less Bay Trail NUC
Last month Intel announced a new, fan-less Intel NUC Kit, the DE3815TYKHE and it featured an Intel Atom E3815 SoC. While at first I immediately planned to buy one, now that they're available, I've changed my purchase order instead to another DN2820FYKH NUC Kit for Linux usage.

OpenBSD Affirms That LibreSSL Will Be Portable
In the fallout from the OpenSSL heartbleed bug, OpenBSD developers forked OpenSSL into LibreSSL. Initially the only supported platform for LibreSSL was OpenBSD, but the BSD developers are pushing harder now for platform portability.

TrueCrypt Has Been Potentially Compromised
The TrueCrypt open-source disk encryption software has been potentially compromised and users are now told to avoid the software.

LibreOffice 4.3 In Beta, Bringing Good Improvements
The beta release of LibreOffice 4.3 is available this week with many new features being under development for this popular open-source office suite.

Thanks for reading!

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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